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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 24 September 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 158


Open House!

This weekend is a Focus on UNCG weekend for prospective students, and Strong College will be hosting many visitors (some of them may be your next-door neighbors next year). Strong thanks to CSC tour guides Dan Treharne, Sara Neeves, Stephanie Crews, David Simon, Kelly White, Carrie Bogart, Michele Guzzello, Chris Bird, Krista Karbowski, Kate Peeples, and Sherrill Hayes for their excellent work! Check your Strong College calendar to see when the next Focus on UNCG day will be, and help us give tours to more visitors!

Borders Bookstore!

Our own Michelle Marcelais is hosting a regular Strong College trip to Borders Bookstore on the first Sunday of every month. The next one is Sunday, October 3rd, and we will meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room for the ride out. After an hour or two of browsing, we’ll head back for Strong College. Borders is the best bookstore for miles around, and you can even have your lunch there if you like. Don’t miss this social shopping opportunity, and join us on October 3rd!

The Next Star Party

The next Strong College Star Party will be Wednesday, October 6th, at 10:00 p.m. on the East Lawn. (And the first Wednesday of each month thereafter for the rest of the year.) And just to help you plan ahead, the November Star Party will be on Wednesday, November 3rd, and then on November 4th we will have a special Strong College trip to the Three College Observatory under the leadership of our own Prof. Steve Danford. The observatory trip will depart from the parking lot behind the Petty Building at 6:00 p.m. and will return about 10:00 p.m., so mark your calendars now for a trip to one of the biggest telescopes in the Southeast!

Trip to Charleston

The Strong College Council in association with Deb Bell Enterprises, Inc., is sponsoring a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, on the weekend of October 16th. Anyone planning to come on the trip should attend the upcoming College Council meeting on Wednesday, September 29th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Committee Room where details will be given about costs, housing, transportation, etc. See you there!

Senior Dinner is Coming!

The annual Strong College Senior Dinner is coming Tuesday, October 5th! All seniors and Fellows should have received an invitation and should have let the College Office know whether they will be attending. The Senior Dinner is one of the elegant events of the year, so we hope everyone who is invited will be able to attend.

SETI Update

Strong College members Bob O’Hara, Dan Treharne, Elizabeth Davis, Sharon Sullivan, Ryan Kelly, and Curtis Ostrom are now participating in the University of California’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program by analyzing radio telescope data while their own computers are idle. Thus far the Strong College team has examined more than 125 blocks of telescope data and contributed more than 2800 hours of computer time! No signals from LGMs yet, but you never know.… You should join the fun (and get a cool screen saver to watch). Just follow the SETI@Home link on the Strong College web page and join our group!

Ad Astra

The new commonplace book in the College Office is already a big hit, and it comes complete with its own set of colored pencils. Come in and make your mark today!

Monarch Butterflies will be migrating through Peabody Park and the rest of the campus in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes on the sky and you’ll see them floating south for the winter.

Jessica Zellers has a new cat named Yorick.

Pictures from the Croquet Tournament are now available for viewing in the Strong College Office, as are pictures of the already-legendary Fort Floyd within whose walls Strong College survived the recent hurricane. Stop by the Office to browse them today!

The Strong College stock market competition is now under way! Watch for periodic updates and people jumping out of windows.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is Emily Dickinson’s autumnal meditation “September’s Baccalaureate” (ca. 1873):

September’s Baccalaureate
A combination is
Of Crickets – Crows – and Retrospects
And a dissembling Breeze

That hints without assuming –
And Innuendo sear
That makes the Heart put up its Fun
And turn Philosopher.


27 September (Monday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room (230) — Monday Night at the Lemurodeon! (Free movies!)

28 September (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! The social event of the College week.

28 September (Tuesday), 5:45 p.m., Dinner at Spencers — After Tea, come join the Strong College crowd for dinner at Spencers. Freshmen without declining balance can get take-out at the Caf and bring it over to Spencers.

28 September (Tuesday), 8:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Card Games Galore! Everyone is welcome to come!

29 September (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Committee Room — Strong College Council meeting. Everyone is invited!

29 September (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber (362) — Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant.

30 September (Thursday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar! Come and get caffeinated!

1 October (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section of the Caf — Fellows’ Lunch; students are welcome!

3 October (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Trip! See details above.

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. Get that lobster away from my flaxen hair. Face up, chip first. Overexposure may result in nausea, headache, confusion, and instability. I thrive on menial labor. This does not represent the official policy of the Klingon Death Barge. Remember to pillage before you burn. I’m one of the spotlights in the ceiling. Edibility not known. From contented cows. She made me partake of the Matrimonial SweetTart. Don’t let that quiet, fuzzy demeanor fool you. If this works out, you may be able to live in a glass ball on Mars. Promptly refrigerate unused portion. My leader wears the horns of power. Color swirls are a natural occurrence. Sealed for freshness. Stuffed with polyester fiber. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. Everything’s better with a halo. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. Second star to the right, and straight on till morning. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Think continually of those who were truly great. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Smaller, better, quicker. Outside, there are no witnesses. Per aspera ad astra!

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